Most of what we do is bespoke to particular projects or current research interests in response to people getting in touch. However we understand the value of easy-to-access opportunities and below you will find a snapshot of annual initiatives we've put into place to help staff and students get involved. Many are coupled to professional development modules, listed further down, encouraging a skills-through-practice approach to public engagement.

PERU-led Annual Opportunities to Engage (including typical number of presenting/activity opportunities)

  • Community cafe programme including Cafe Scientifique Aberdeen City, Cafe Scientifique Aberdeenshire, Cafe MED Foresterhill, Cafe MED Inverness, Cafe Controversial (Jan-Dec, informal cafe-based discussion events providing up to (54 presenter opportunities)
  • EXPLORATHON, Scotland's celebration for European Researchers' Night (September, 10-15 academic involvement opportunities)
  • PechaKucha Aberdeen Night (Sept-Dec, image-based short presentation series providing 24-30 speaker opportunities
  • University of Aberdeen Annual Festival Discover Strand (Spring, begins with a Call for Ideas in Sept and typically results in 90 academic involvement opportunities)
  • British Science Week (Mar, in association with the British Science Festival and providing around 25 academic involvement opportunities)
  • Festival of Social Sciences (Nov, in association with the Economic and Social Research Council, typically 10 academic speaker slots)
  • University at TechFest (Sept, in partnership with TechFest-SetPoint and providing 25-30 opportunities via public and schools programmes)

Annual engagement incentives and initiatives

  • Principal's Prize for Public Engagement with Research (nominated or self-nominated prize scheme with early career and senior categories)
  • Three Minute Thesis(competition with mentoring and support)
  • Famelab (science communication competition with mentoring and support) 

Training and Development (in association with the University's Researcher Development Unit)

  • Public Engagement introductory module (particularly for new staff/students, highlights the PE landscape in Aberdeen and the benefits of getting involved)
  • Hanging your research out in public (one-day course on PE, its relevance in higher education and including practical skills)
  • Talking with the Media (with communications team, a 2-hour module on talking with journalists)
  • Science communication module (practical skills with an emphasis on schools outreach, module is linked to STEM Ambassador induction and application in association with Dundee Science Centre)
  • Creative engagement module (with museums and education teams, designed to support staff and students shortlisted for the University Festival)
  • Using Social Media (2 hour module on the perks and perils of social media)
  • Famelab training (linked to entry to the national Famelab competition)